Film - Kinderfilmfest Filmfest 2023


Directed by Ümran Safter


Director: Ümran Safter
Section: Kinderfilmfest
Country: Turkey
Year: 2022
Language: Turkish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Mina Demirtaş, Ece Demirtürk, Işıl Acaray, Berivan Edebali, Eray Yasin Işık


In her calmly related feature-film debut, director Ümran Safter works through her own experience with oppression and intimidation, which many girls in strict conservative communities face from an early age.

Thirteen-year-old Reyhan is spending her summer vacation with her mother at her strict grandmother’s house in a village in Anatolia. When Reyhan gets her first period, she secretly removes all traces of it because she dreads the religious rituals that it will entail. Despite her fear, she attempts to resist the strict traditions and the oppressive image that women of the older generation project.

This film is screened in original version with German voice-over.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Meet the director


Ümran Safter

Ümran Safter is a director, screenwriter, and former journalist. She embarked on her filmmaking career in 2014 and made her motion-picture debut with GUILT in September 2022. She is currently working on her second narrative feature film project, RIGHT WHERE I LEFT YOU. Her previous work includes documentaries that explore multiculturalism and gender issues. GUILT was honored as best feature film at the Bosphorus Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize at the Adana Film Festival.


Screenplay: Ümran Safter
Director of Photography: Bertan Özer
Film Editor: Ömer Leventoğlu
Composer: Yağız Oral
Sound: Tuğrul Gültepe
Casting director: Ümran Safter, Suraj Sharma
Producer: Suraj Sharma
Production Company: Ekim Medya
Executive producer: Şahin Alparslan